Still snowing! We’re getting 1-2 inches per hour, plus THUNDERSNOW!!! Lynn Miles:
The president’s salmon quip was one of the better received parts of the State of the Union. Though it ticked me off to the point where it’s been bugging me ever since.
Obama: Then there’s my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they’re in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked.
He might as well have said, ‘Government, how does it work?’ As many Republicans have said before in their own way, from John McCain wondering why government pays for planetarium projectors to Bobby Jindal wondering why it funds volcano research. To which I’d say, to each and every one of them, ‘Government, why does it cut you a check?’
Though this is really all pretty simple to understand, and I don’t even work for the government. As follows …
BENNINGTON — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has created a Social Security caucus in the Senate to defend the entitlement program from anticipated attacks.
“My job is to do everything I can to rally Congressional support to defend Social Security and to rally the American people,” Sanders, an independent, said in a telephone interview Wednesday. “We want to be safe rather than sorry.”
The new caucus will focus solely on defending Social Security, the retirement, disability and survivor program initially signed into law by former President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 as part of the New Deal.
Sanders said he expects a strong effort to dismantle or weaken the program, however, which he called “one of the great success stories of the United States of America.”
I think this also has to do with the fact that female-driven comedy is quirkier and not as much alpha-dog-in-your-face as male comedy. A lot of male comedy writers think women aren’t funny — when we’re just funny in a different way.
I mean, I think I’m pretty funny — but hardly anyone else does. (Or if they do, they’re not saying.) But I see the humor around me and could probably have written comedy. (How many other women do you know who were cracking jokes at their mother’s funeral?) But would male producers, used to hostile, slam-dunk comedy, think of hiring me? My guess is, no.
I love how the songbirds in the arborvitae next to my house build up a crescendo, and then they go dead silent. And then they start up all over again.
P.S. When I play this video, they go silent.
Insurance companies and their Republican enablers are simply lying. All those “excessive” jury awards? Not happening. Read on:
AMY GOODMAN: We’re on the road in Salt Lake City—well, right near Salt Lake City, in Park City, Utah, at the headquarters of the Sundance Film Festival, bringing out independent voices of people in this country and around the world. Today we are ending up with the last family that is featured in the new documentary Hot Coffee. It weaves several stories together to tell how corporate lobbyists are working to keep citizens out of the courtroom, when they’ve been harmed. For the rest of the show, we’re joined by the Gourleys, Lisa and Mike Gourley, parents of twin sons, Colin and Connor. They’re all here with us. Colin was born with cerebral palsy because of medical malpractice during childbirth.
We thank you all for coming in. Lisa and Mike, start off by telling us, very briefly, what happened. Well, Lisa, it was 17 years ago, right?
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Guardian reporter Jack Shenker, who’s been covering the Cairo riots, was arrested and beaten by Egyptian police last night.
Will we be “standing with democracy”? Probably not.
UPDATE: At least ten reporters have been beaten.